Development Cooperation Handbook/Checklists/Checklist for Identifying Performance Problems

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Checklist for Identifying Performance Problems

The following is a checklist of symptoms often associated with performance problems. More than one “yes” indicates a need to look more closely at the situation. Read each question. If you are thinking “yes” in response to a question, place a check mark next to that item. If not, leave it blank.



Do peers complain that

  1. S/he is not carrying his own weight?
  2. S/he is distracted or exhibiting sudden changes in behavior?
  3. S/he is argumentative or confrontational?
  4. S/he is “all talk” and “no action”?


Do beneficiaries

  1. Always ask for someone else to help them?
  2. Complain about her/his attitude?
  3. Complain that s/he had made promises to them that he has never fulfilled?
  4. Say s/he is bad-mouthing you, the organization or its products?
  5. Complain that s/he is too pushy?


Do You

  1. Find it difficult to complete your own work because you spend so much time with him on her/his mistakes?
  2. Worry about what s/he will say to beneficiaries and action sponsors/beneficiaries?
  3. Check her/his work often because you are afraid of mistakes?
  4. Do work yourself that you should have delegated to her/him?
  5. Assign work to others because they can do it faster or better than he can?
  6. Hear about her/his mistakes from your boss or others?
  7. Sometimes find out that s/he has lied to you or stretched the truth?
  8. Seldom think of her/him when deciding who should get an important assignment?


Does S/he

  1. Infrequently complete assignments on time?
  2. Often show up to work late or not at all?
  3. Always have an excuse for poor performance?
  4. Wait to be assigned additional work rather than asking for more when ready?
  5. Rarely complete assignments in the way you want?
  6. Ignore suggestions for improvement?


Tools[edit]

Templates[edit]

Swiss sknife.png Applicant employee evaluation form
Swiss sknife.png Staff Activity Forecast and Report
Swiss sknife.png Interpersonal skill assessment
Swiss sknife.png Employee Performance Review – Peer Review
Swiss sknife.png Performance appraisal forms

Guidelines[edit]

Swiss sknife.png Key Questions for Establishing the Team Organization
Swiss sknife.png How to reach an agreement on the Employee Performance Objectives
Swiss sknife.png How to manage motivated and effective teams
Swiss sknife.png How to recognize if Team Building is successful
Swiss sknife.png How to check the level of togetherness in a team
Swiss sknife.png Measures to make teams more performing
Swiss sknife.png The 5 steps of team creation

Swiss sknife.png Why do organisations need to plan and manage their communication?
Swiss sknife.png How team members can improve overall project communication
Swiss sknife.png Measures to make teams more performing
Swiss sknife.png Required characteristics of the project manager
Swiss sknife.png The 10 Project Management Guiding Principles

See also[edit]

In other sections of this handbook
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg The employee empowering organization
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Manage the Performance of Project Team Members
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Team Conflict Management
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Decision Making in Groups
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Leading and Managing
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Team Conflict Management
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Decision Making in Groups
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Project Managers and programme Managers
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Determining the project manager